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|Dr. Michel Barsoum
Office: Lebow 445
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Welcome to the website for the MAX/MXene research groups. Please explore the site to learn more about our group and our research. This site is updated regularly with new publications, research highlights, awards, accomplishments of our group members, and other news items. Stay current with the latest news for updates within our group. For pdf copies of all our papers, please go to the publications page. Thesis documents of MAX group alumni can be found here.
About MAX Phase Materials Research
Our research group was the first to fabricate and fully characterize an important new class of layered machinable ternary carbides and nitrides, now known as MAX phases, that exhibit a unique combination of ceramic and metal properties. Since 1996, when the first paper on the subject was published, Dr. Barsoum and his collaborators have published hundreds of papers on these ternary carbides and nitrides alone including ones in Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters. The 1996 paper has been cited over 1300 times already. Recently, our research has extended to the synthesis and characterization of layered tranisition metal boride ceramics, akin to the MAX phases.
About MXene Research
Our research group was the first to synthesize a new family of atomically thin, two-dimensional (2D) transition metal carbides, nitrides, and carbonitrides – called MXenes – via selective etching of the ‘A’ element from MAX phases. We hope to understand the fundamental physics and establish the processing-structure-properties relationships of MXenes. Promising application areas of MXenes may include energy storage devices, transparent conductive coatings, chemical catalysts, composite reinforcements, and lubricants, among others.